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Little Italy Tours

San Diego, CA, USA
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About Little Italy Tours
We offer food and cultural tours of Little Italy, San Diego. Our tour guides are passionate about the area and the food choices we have you try
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Liz K wrote a review Feb 2020
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California5 contributions2 helpful votes
Our group of 4 joined a group of 14 for a tour of the market and cooking with Francesco at his home in Golden Hill (2 minute drive from the market). Come with ideas of ingredients you'd like to prepare "Italian" style to help build the menu for the experience. Take this tour even if you are an accomplished home cook. You will add tricks/tools to your repertoire. Engage in this experience even if you are a novice in the kitchen. Francesco will help you learn that simple methods yield restaurant quality results. You'll never need to order pasta at a restaurant again!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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laurak wrote a review Dec 2019
New York City, New York70 contributions32 helpful votes
My husband and I did the food market and cooking class tour. Francesco ( aka Ciccio) was our guide in the market. We started at 11A on a Saturday and meet at Amici park in Little Italy by the bocci ball court. FYI. During a weekend they have public parking for $12 next to dog park portion of Amici park area. We didn’t know this and paid $25 for the day at the public parking lot down the road. Our group was probably 15 people. We walked through the market and sampled lots of different foods. Not just Italian ingredients. We sampled fresh milk. Organic Mexican salsas. Dates. Etc. This food market walk through took about an hour maybe a little more. There are public restrooms along the market area too FYI. It was very crowded, and it was a lot of fun to sample and explore with the group of people! The market tour portion was to Decide what ingredients we needed to get in order to cook three courses. We made a bruschetta, chicken with dates, and a carbonara. There was a person on our tour who had a seafood/ shellfish allergy which meant that we couldn’t use any of those ingredients for any of the courses, which was definitely a bummer because that’s a major food group to not be allowed to cook. But the meals we ended up making were awesome. After the food market we then went to the next location to cook and put together the ingredients that we got at the food market. This location was very close by. Only 5-10 mins driving from Amici park. This is the home of Ciccio and his fellow colleagues Adissa and Valentina. They were super welcoming and so hospitable. They served fresh infused flavored water, wine, apretif spread of italian charcuterie, olives, cheeses! It was delicious. We all sat around the table and began making th dishes but chopping and dicing ingredients. Ciccio and the girls all helped explain background to the foods. Conversation was flowing with all the new people we met. The best part of this tour was the vibe and energy. It truly was so fun to meet Ciccio, Adissa and Valentine, and then the fellow tour mates. Definitely recommend this tour to anyone !! Thanks so much guys! Well definitely be back for pasta night.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Fred M wrote a review Sep 2019
San Diego, California75 contributions68 helpful votes
We live in San Diego and have gone to Little Italy many times. With an out-of-town guest we took the tour with Francesco as our guide. It was a wonderful time. He was entertaining and knowledgeable. We visited three places that we had not eaten at and they were excellent. The knowledge of the food and wine was informative and the stories and discussion was lively and enjoyable. it will be a stop whenever guests come to visit.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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karenB4003GO wrote a review Sep 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada20 contributions8 helpful votes
We recently had Francesco as our guide on this 3 hour tour of some of the great Italian restaurants to be found in San Diego's Little Italy district. He educated us about the history of this part of town and its inhabitants. We went to three restaurants and sampled two items off the menu in each place, all of which were very good. We ended the tour at a great bakery and ice cream shop where we were welcome to choose any item to enjoy. Francesco's easy-going and friendly demeanor made for a lovely evening in this great part of town.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from katkycsandiego, Front Office Manager at Little Italy Tours
Responded Sep 10, 2019
We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to our charming and historical neighborhood! We hope to welcome you back soon.
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Mike B wrote a review Apr 2019
La Mesa, California1 contribution
Very good tour. The selected restaurants were great. Francesco explained the various regions of Italy and the food associated with the particular region. The restaurants we visited use mostly authentic ingredients from Italy, excellent taste.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Response from Kathy C, Manager at Little Italy Tours
Responded Apr 8, 2019
We are so happy you enjoyed your food tour! We hope you can join us again in the future! Ciao!
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